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August 11, 2008

The Best of My Weekend Reading

by Wendy Perrin

Thank God for the Olympics. With my husband and sons glued to the TV for much of this past weekend, at long last I got a chance to make the tiniest of inroads into catch up on my travel-blog reading.  Of the insights and opinions I stumbled upon, here are my faves:

Price of Oil Falls, so how about a Flight Surcharge Refund? asks Darren Cronian of TravelRants. With fuel surcharges adding $300 or $400 to air fares overseas, that's a great question.

In his Seat 2B column on Portfolio.com, Joe Brancatelli writes about the spirit-crushing runaway devaluation of airline miles: "Frequent-flier miles are becoming the Zimbabwean dollars of business travel--increasingly worthless." Alas, he's right on the mark (as always).

I discovered air-fare god Rick Seaney's killer U.S. Domestic Airline Fee Chart, which should be required reading for anyone buying a domestic ticket these days.

And I learned from Jeanne Leblanc's Coach Class that a row of seats broke loose on a United Airlines flight and slid into the passengers in the next row.  Jeanne points out a FlyerTalk thread in which one FT member joked, "Well clearly it's their own fault .. the passengers in that row refused to pay the seat anchoring fee . . they got what they deserved."  I'm still laughing. And crying on the inside.

The one piece of spirit-lifting news? Pam over at Nerd's Eye View has started a Travelbloggers' Forum "in response to the call for a more cohesive community of travelbloggers."  Apparently travel blogging is now important enough to have become one word, so you can bet I'm gonna join.

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